The energetic city of Kuala Lumpur has high-end brands and couture, and a heady mix of natural beauty and retail therapy await the international traveller. KL offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in the world: a tropic Eastern backdrop, lined with malls filled with high-end brands and trinkets tailored to your every whim – from tiny boutiques and bazaars touting hand-drawn fabrics to shoes dripping in Swarovski crystals.
As night falls, the glittering lights of the Petronas Twin Towers finally tire. A day of East Asian charm turns to a night of heady expectation: a rooftop bar, cocktails and exquisite hotel rooms.
Where To Shop
The Pavilion shopping mall is seven floors of spacious walkways with 430 shops, including big-hitters like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. There is a whole floor devoted to women.
Tel: 603 2118 8888
International clients and glamorous Malaysian ladies adore Lewre couture. Located in the Mid Valley Gardens Mall, go for bright jewel-encrusted heels and gem-coated clutch bags. Bespoke shoes begin at £1500 and customers include the Malaysian first lady, and the Queen. Lewre enthuses: “They’re not just shoes, it’s an experience, a lifestyle designed especially for you. It’s my job to make women happy”.
Tel: 603 5637 3111
The Pearl Centre, Rafflesia
A trip to Rafflesia, Winnie Sin’s sit-down parlour is a Malaysian must. Located in The Pearl Centre, come here to find pearls from Tahiti, Australia, Philippines, Japan and China in black, peacock, pistachio, gray and cream. By appointment only, prices from £900.
Tel: 603 21431810
Albert King And Khoon Hoi
Albert King is the leading couture artist in the country and specialises in lace work, appliqué and beading. According to Jimmy Choo, “His cutting is unique, it frees your body.” Choo’s other top picks are Khoon Hoi, for serious fashion with street cred, and Xixili in the Pavillion, for ravishing lingerie.
Tel: 603 2142 6032
Where To Eat
Jimmy Choo recommends the traditional Hakka in Raja Chulan. Try the Hakka noodles, steamboat and stewed pork with steamed mantou dumplings.
Tel: 603 2143 1907
The Starhill Gallery
The food hall in Starhill Gallery has a range of cuisines including Korean, Thai and Italian.
Tel: 603 – 2782 3855
Café Stelle in the Pavillion serves up Italian-inspired cuisine on an elevated podium, where a 40-foot runway showcases couture designs.
Tel: 603 2118 8822
The Ritz Carlton
Dating back from colonial grandeur, afternoon tea is a popular ritual in Malaysia. The Ritz Carlton hotel offers a tray filled with canapé-sized cakes, savouries and a tea selection that put English teahouses to shame.
Tel: 603 2142 8000
The Luna Bar & Sky Bar
For amazing city views, take a glitzy seafood dinner at Luna bar before moving onto cocktails at the SkyBar on top of Shangri-La’s Trader Hotel.
Tel: 603 2332 7777
Tel: 603 2332 9888
Where To Stay
Be treated like royalty at The Ritz Carlton, which has full butler service. Owned by YTL, who also own the Starhill Gallery, the plush hotel is a stroll away from Bintang Walk, Kuala Lumpur’s upscale retail, dining and entertainment hub. It’s even connected to the Pavillion by a corridor, so the concierge can carry your shopping! After a tiring day of retail therapy, relax with indulgent treatments in the Spa Village.
Tel: 603 2142 8000